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  • Actors: Meg Ryan, Justin Long, Timothy Hutton, Kristen Bell
  • Directors: Cheryl Hines
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Serious Moonlight (Widescreen)" on IMDb

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Things aren't going exactly as planned for high-powered
Manhattan lawyer Louise (Meg Ryan). Her husband of 13 years, Ian (Timothy Hutton), announces that he s leaving her for a younger woman (Kristen Bell). Taking things into her own hands, Louise holds Ian captive until he agrees to work on their marriage. The unexpected arrivals of a gardener turned opportunistic thief (Justin Long) and Ian's impatient mistress serve only to complicate the spiraling situation.


Serious Moonlight has a terrifically pedigreed cast and crew, including stars Meg Ryan, Timothy Hutton, Kristen Bell, and Justin Long, with Waitress writer Adrienne Shelly behind the screenplay and Curb Your Enthusiasm actress Cheryl Hines the firm directorial hand. The quality of the people involved helps elevate it to be the dark (OK, black) domestic comedy it aspires to be. Channeling previous unsettling films like War of the Roses, Fatal Attraction, and The Ref, Serious Moonlight allows Ryan to again challenge her fizzy "America's Sweetheart" persona--to the point where her character, Louise, truly comes off as a sociopath. Yet Ryan's great ability is that she makes Louise believable and sympathetic, even as she makes the viewer's skin crawl (Ryan previously trod on this rocky ground in the "stalker comedy" Addicted to Love). Louise has been married to Ian (a nuanced Hutton) for 11 years and has accidentally discovered that he intends to leave her for the younger Sara (Bell). Before you can say "bunny boiling on the stove," an enraged Louise takes Ian hostage, duct-taping him to the toilet in an attempt to force him to work on their relationship. And this bleak, absurd setup is only the beginning, as Sara suddenly appears, followed by a random, truly bad turn of events. Serious Moonlight can be uncomfortable to watch at times, but the raw emotions that underscore the characters' actions are real, and the talented cast throw themselves into their unsympathetic roles with very sympathetic, and admirable, abandon. --A.T. Hurley

Customer Reviews

Meg Ryan is always a great actor.
I guess this movie was suppose to be a comedy, however I did not see it that way.
This was a good funny/drama and very suspenseful at times.
Cheryl Paquet

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
It's been a full two decades since Meg Ryan emerged from a series of background girlfriend roles to become America's Sweetheart in 1989's When Harry Met Sally..., but in this strangely conceived 2009 comedy, she still has that undeniable twinkle in spite of all the age-defying cosmetic alterations to her face. The screenplay is the last work of the late actress Adrienne Shelly, who wrote, directed, and co-starred in 2007's agreeably idiosyncratic Waitress, and what they have in common is her supple dexterity in balancing the off-kilter elements of her stories into something deeper. This time, she takes a darker, less whimsical path in exposing the insidious nature of a marriage that has dissipated from a lack of communication. Her "Waitress" co-star Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) takes the helm in her directorial debut, and her lack of experience may attribute to the fact that it feels more like a filmed stage play despite Nancy Schreiber's expert cinematography.

The brief story focuses on married couple, Louise and Ian, on a day when they unexpectedly cross paths at their bucolic vacation home. A high-powered fortyish attorney, she comes home to find her house showered romantically with rose petals and Ian writing a Dear Jane letter to her. He has decided after thirteen years of marriage that he wants a divorce, so he can rendezvous with his 24-year-old girlfriend Sarah in Paris.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa ;-) on September 19, 2010
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[Anyone who dislikes this movie - I'm guessing you've never been married. You just don't get it!] I'm in my late 30's, and have been married 6 years, to a wonderful man. I really enjoyed Serious Moonlight. I could relate to it, and where the wife was coming from. Upset at your husband? No need to yell, scream, holler, get revenge. Instead... grab the duct tape! Serious Moonlight was different. Creative. Unexpected.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2010
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In this story of a marriage on the skids between Louise (Meg Ryan), a high-powered Manhattan attorney, and her husband of thirteen years, Ian (Timothy Hutton), a strange and dark episode unfolds and halts Ian's plans to run away with his girlfriend Sarah (Kristen Bell).

It all takes a turn when Ian announces his plans to leave her, and Louise reacts by deciding to hold him captive until they can work on their marriage.

Then she goes out to run some errands, and when she returns, she finds that a gardener has stolen most of their belongings, and when he sees Louise, he also ties her up. Soon they are joined by the girlfriend, who is wondering why Ian didn't meet her at the airport--and you guessed it, she ends up with duct tape as well.

What happens next turns this very dark comedy on its ear. Do you think that the warring spouses will make up? Will we find out that something quite unexpected has been going on?

I know I was stunned by the ending to Serious Moonlight (Widescreen)...and that's all I'm saying about it.

Five stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By musician reviews on December 17, 2011
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I don't think I even realized the connection before the last seconds of the movie. Basically the movie is about the marriage trials experienced by a wife with a hi-power job (Meg) and a middle-of-the-road husband (Timothy). They live outside city limits and become involved in mild-moderate domestic violence. Even when things have gone wrong, they still go wronger, lol.
Maybe I was distracted or maybe I'm not that bright. I really wish I could give you a spoiler but I don't want to ruin it or make the movie not worth watching for you, the reader.

For about 80% of the movie I thought I was wasting my time. The acting was quite good, the dialog was meaningful and concise but the characters just didn't interest me... and I was tired of Meg Ryan's character. But the twisted ending made it worth it and actually makes her character more interesting in retrospect. In my opinion, the movie went from 2 stars to 4 stars in the last 5 minutes... I recommend that you don't skip a single scene getting there.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ethen1964 on June 10, 2010
Format: DVD
This is an interesting and fun movie. I love watching both Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton so my review is a bit biased. The acting is good from both actors and seeing Meg Ryan play a psycho in the beginning is worth it. If you've seen the movie French Kiss with Ryan and Hutton you can imagine what could have happened if she had not meet Luke (Kevin Kline's character). Interestingly enough her character in this movie is not all that different. The plot and story is not something new. It reminds me of The Ref like another reviewer said. It's not the best performances from either actor and Hutton's new show (Leverage is a good example of what he can do).
The problem with this type of movie is that it tries to be a comedy but the themes are sad and too strong and overtakes the comedy. I dives into the emotional states of the characters then jumps to a comedic point. In that sense its not that great a movie. But if you like watching these actors and don't mind a story that's a little tired you'll have a good time. One more thing, Ryan has uncanny accuracy with flower pots!
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